Fourth generation pastoralists Ashley Anderson and his brother Neville are the new owners of the Henbury cattle station after the pair paid between $6 to $8 million for the property located 230 kilometres south of Alice Springs.
According to the article on ABC, Henbury’s previous owner — RM Williams Agricultural Holdings — paid $13 million in 2011 for the 5168 square kilometre property and was planning to destock it, run it as a carbon farming project and make it part of the National Reserve System.
However, Henbury station found itself back on the market after the company went into receivership. Subsequently, PPB Advisory was appointed as receiver and manager and decided to market the property exclusively as a pastoral lease.
Under the agreement, the new owner will not be allowed to affect the natural state of any of the water holes or rivers, and will not be able to graze cattle in the area if it is going to affect the stated plants and animals.
A spokesperson for the Department of Environment said environmentally significant plants and animals will be protected.
“The new covenant in gross covers an area that includes Running Waters, the largest, most permanent waterhole in Central Australia,” the spokesperson said
“It also includes habitat links to Finke George National Park and Owen Springs Conservation Reserves and is home for threatened species such as the Central Australian Cabbage Palm, Black-footed Rock Wallaby and Slater’s Skink.”
The Northern Territory Government has agreed to monitor the area to make sure the owner doesn’t breach their responsibilities.